Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith, who frequently appears on Rag Radio as a political analyst, managed Ann Richards' winning Texas gubernatorial campaign in 1990. Glenn has coordinated national campaigns and has worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. A former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post, Glenn is the author of The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction. Glenn also served as a senior fellow at George Lakoff's Rockridge Institute in Berkeley.
Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas called Glenn Smith a "legendary political consultant and all-around good guy" and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington says Glenn writes with "grace and abundant humor" and "uses his colorful experiences in Texas to enlighten us all."
On the show we discuss the state of politics in Texas, including the governor's race and Wendy Davis' recent controversial TV ad, and the state's "culture of corruption"; and in the nation, with a look at whether the Republicans are going to take the senate and how moderate Democrats are running away from Obama. We'll talk about voter suppression and recent federal court decisions on redistricting and voter ID; the fear tactics of the GOP on issues like immigration, Ebola, and ISIS; the gap between high and low information voters in Texas; plus the changing demographics of the state and when we might expect a political shift.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 57:34.